Decision making is a vital process in life that determines various aspects in the life of a person. Life is full of challenges and an individual has to decide on what suits him or her best in a given situation. A good decision is one that results in minimal risk and maximum benefits. Arriving at a good decision can be difficult. The ability to make a good decision is directly proportional to the experience that a person has had in making decision. It is important to weight all the available options and the possible outcomes that are associated with each is option before making a decision.
Young people often rush into making decision before taking their time to ponder on issues that should be addressed during the process. Personal decisions are often made by individuals all the time. Decisions have ramification on individual level, and on the other people who an individual is responsible for. A good decision maker should be capable of making timely decisions whose ramifications are favorable to all the parties involved. Great leaders are those who know when and how to pull a trigger when facing various challenges in their course f duty. Making decision is best learned along the way. No one can just wake up and start making great decisions without having prior experience. Lessons from various bad decisions made in the past can help individuals scale up their decision making skills.
There are several occasions that I have made awful decisions that ultimately shaped my life for better things. One of the most critical decision that I made in my life was to leave the job I had in my home country to pursue further studies in USA. Despite the numerous obstacles of studying in a foreign country, I decided to stick by the decision and forge a head. The lack of adequate funds to finance the study was a major obstacle that I faced as an international student in USA. I learned to live with the little that I had to sustain my life. My life became worse when I became a father. I hardly had enough money to sustain myself let alone a family. The decision to start a family with my wife whom I met in USA seemed to have been the worst mistake due to the financial constraint I was facing at the moment. I was not financially and socially prepared to have a family, but I found myself becoming a father, and I had to up my game to sustain the young family while at the same time attending my classes.
My first two years in USA were unbearable. I had to do odd jobs at odd hours to earn an extra income for me and my family. Balancing family and study life is every difficult, especially if one never planned for it. These bad decisions in my life played a crucial role in making me a better a person who is capable of thinking critically before making a decision. These situations forced me to seek better alternative by analyzing all the possible steps that I need to take before taking them. My life in USA took the right turn when my government gave me a full scholarship. My government ambassador played a crucial role in securing a position in a full scholarship program. Making a financial decision is often difficult, and one my never know it until he or she is facing big problems that requires great brainstorming that would eventually stimulate an individual to take the right step. Although I made some worst decisions, they played a crucial role in preparing me to become a better decision maker. The bad decisions provide lessons that become prerequisite for making good decisions. Worst experience can help in making good decisions in life.
One of my major weaknesses in making decision was the failure to apply the concepts of critical thinking in my situation. After my worst experience, I was able to think critically when faced with various challenges. Critical thinking is a vital intellectual ability in the current century. It is the skillful and active application of concepts and strategies to address a given situation. It comprises of several processes such as conceptualization, synthesis, analysis, and evaluation of information. Generating and gathering information is an important process in critical thinking. There are several ways of generating or gathering information. They include experience, reflection, observation, and reasoning. The belief and action of an individual are guided by the process of critical thinking. The intellectual values of critical thinking include consistency, accuracy, sound evidence, relevance, clarity, and precision. There are six main steps in critical thinking that include the knowledge acquisition, evaluation, comprehension, analysis, application and synthesis.
The critical thinking process can be hindered by bias and relativism. Bias hinders critical thinking by making an individual to have a preconceived opinion on an issue. Critical thinking can be undermined by certain beliefs. Relativism does not stimulate critical thinking since it states that the truth depends on an individual’s beliefs that may be distorted. Coming up with implications, consequences, conclusions, frame of reference and objections are fundamental in developing alternative viewpoints of an issue. These fundamental factors can only be arrived at by examining various angles of a subject during the critical thinking process.